14 days in New Zealand Itinerary

14 days in New Zealand Itinerary

Created using Inspirock New Zealand trip planner

Make it your trip
Fly to Queenstown, Bus to Te Anau
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Te Anau
— 2 nights
Bus
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Queenstown
— 3 nights
Drive
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Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu)
— 2 nights
Fly
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Waitomo Caves
— 1 night
Drive
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Taupo
— 1 night
Drive
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Rotorua
— 2 nights
Fly
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Auckland
— 1 night
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Te Anau

— 2 nights
Set among the picturesque peaks and glacially carved fiords of Fiordland National Park, Te Anau offers those wishing to explore the park a great place to stay and enjoy the relaxing atmosphere of a small town in an enviable location.
Te Anau is known for nature, trails, and nightlife. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: explore the activities along Milford Sound, tour the pleasant surroundings at The Chasm Walk, indulge in some personalized pampering at Fiordland Massage Clinic, and Head underground at Te Anau Glowworm Caves.

To see maps, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Te Anau route planner.

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to Te Anau is an approximately 19-hour combination of flight and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 4 hours traveling from Kuala Lumpur to Te Anau. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Mon) to allow time to take a bus to Queenstown.

Things to do in Te Anau

Parks · Nature · Tours · Spas
Find places to stay Oct 1 — 4:

Queenstown

— 3 nights

Shallow Bay

Sheltered in an inlet of Lake Wakatipu, the resort town of Queenstown enjoys a strong reputation for its adventuring and skiing opportunities.
On the 7th (Thu), dedicate a day to the elevated beauty of The Remarkables Ski Area. Next up on the itinerary: have some family-friendly fun at Skyline Queenstown, stroll through Kiwi Birdlife Park, learn about winemaking at Chard Farm Winery, and explore the activities along Lake Wakatipu.

To see maps, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Queenstown online trip maker.

Traveling by bus from Te Anau to Queenstown takes 4 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Thu) so you can travel to Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu).

Things to do in Queenstown

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Winter Sports
Find places to stay Oct 4 — 7:

Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu)

— 2 nights
Start off your visit on the 8th (Fri): explore the striking landscape at Franz Josef Glacier, take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour, and then stroll through Fox Glacier South Side Walk. Keep things going the next day: hit the slopes at Ski The Tasman and then get outside with Aoraki/Mt. Cook.

To find ratings, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu) trip builder tool.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Queenstown to Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu). Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sat) to allow enough time to fly to Waitomo Caves.

Things to do in Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu)

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Winter Sports

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 7 — 9:

Waitomo Caves

— 1 night
Head deep beneath the surface of the earth at Waitomo Caves, a village and cave system that draws both extreme sports enthusiasts and those wanting something a little more relaxed.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Sun): scramble along the landscape with a canyoning and rapelling tour and then explore the fascinating underground world of Waitomo Glowworm Caves.

To see ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Waitomo Caves road trip website.

Traveling by flight from Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu) to Waitomo Caves takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sun) early enough to drive to Taupo.

Things to do in Waitomo Caves

Tours · Wildlife · Outdoors · Nature
Find places to stay Oct 9 — 10:

Taupo

— 1 night

Great Cloak of Tia

The resort town of Taupo lies on the banks of Lake Taupo, the largest body of water in the whole of Australasia.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Mon): get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, then take in the dramatic scenery at Huka Falls Walkway, and then get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour.

For traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, read our Taupo road trip website.

Drive from Waitomo Caves to Taupo in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Mon) so you can drive to Rotorua.

Things to do in Taupo

Outdoors · Tours · Trails · Nature
Find places to stay Oct 10 — 11:

Rotorua

— 2 nights

Sulphur City

Surrounded by lakes and featuring impressive areas of geothermal landscape, the city of Rotorua offers an otherwordly landscape and a welcoming, peaceful environment, with the culture of the native Maori people very much in the foreground.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Tue): tour the pleasant surroundings at Paradise Valley Springs Wildlife Park, then kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, and then trot along with a tour on horseback. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: witness a stunning natural landmark at Te Puia, take in the natural beauty of Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland, and then get impressive views of Waimangu Volcanic Valley.

To plan Rotorua vacation without wasting time, ask Inspirock to design an itinerary.

You can drive from Taupo to Rotorua in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to 21°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Wed) so you can catch the flight to Auckland.

Things to do in Rotorua

Parks · Nature · Tours · Wildlife
Find places to stay Oct 11 — 13:

Auckland

— 1 night

City of Sails

The largest and most populous city in New Zealand, Auckland combines a rich history and thriving contemporary culture in an abundance of museums, art galleries, and performance venues.
On the 14th (Thu), take in panoramic vistas at SkyTower.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Auckland tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Rotorua to Auckland takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Rotorua in October, plan for slightly colder days in Auckland, with highs around 17°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 14th (Thu) to allow enough time to fly back home.
Find places to stay Oct 13 — 14:
Highlights from your trip

New Zealand travel guide

4.5
Land of the Long White Cloud
Far-flung New Zealand has become known for its astounding topography, singular biodiversity, varied climate, and for marrying native Maori and post-colonial European cultures on its two main islands and the multitude of smaller landmasses dotted around them. Free-spirited New Zealanders cultivate a love of sports, sustainability, and the outdoors. Far from other landmasses, the islands existed for millions of years before being inhabited by humans, so an abundance of species have come to thrive in the thick, wild rainforest, vast and rugged backland, and extensive surrounding marine areas. While much of New Zealand tourism centers around adventures through this spectacular scenery, take time to explore the nation's rich cultural heritage as well. The traditions and history of the Maoris, and the industry and internationalism of the descendents of the first European settlers endure in fascinating attractions, ranging from museums, to farms, to places of worship.